A masked man who robbed a Mountain variety store Wednesday morning made off with cash and cigarettes, and left the clerk wounded, police said.

Just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, a man wearing a mask and armed with a knife went into the Avondale Convenience Variety Store on Upper Sherman Avenue, near the LINC.

Police said the man jumped over the counter and grabbed the clerk's arm, demanding cash. The man slashed the clerk's hand and neck.

The man took cash and cigarettes, then left the store, police said.

The 52-year-old clerk was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The suspect is described as tanned and skinny, about 25-27 years old with dark hair. He was wearing a grey/blue ski mask and black gloves.

Hamilton Police continue to investigate.